Chronograph Watch Movement: More than just the Time

January 4th, 2010 | 16 Comments

A chronograph watch has both timekeeping and stopwatch functions. Basically, it offers more than one way to measure time. However, there are a variety of functions (also known as complications) available in chronograph watches. Not only are chronograph watches available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, but they are also available with a variety of movements.

To learn more about chronograph watches and their movements, read about:

A Chronograph Watch: From 1821 to 2009

The Greek words “chronos” and “graph” stand for “time” and “writing”. The chronograph was invented by the Frenchman Rieussec in 1821; a year later he was granted a patent for his invention. In the early 1900s, the chronograph was introduced as a wristwatch. By the 1990s, both affordable and fashionable chronographs came into the market, making them an exceptionally popular type of watch.

Today, almost every watch company (at least every good watch company) includes a chronograph or a selection of chronographs in its collection.

The two main types available in today’s market are:

  • Digital chronographs – use a digital display for both the timekeeping and stopwatch functions
  • Analog-digital chronographs – standard analog watch with a separate digital display

Popular Chronograph Watch Movements Today

Many watch manufacturers use the same or similar movements. However, there are differences depending on the watch company and the level of quality of their watches. For example, higher-quality watch companies may put more time and emphasis on refining and decorating the movement they use for their chronographs.

There are a multitude of chronograph movements currently in production today.

The following lists just a few of these:

  • Valjoux 7750 – This is the most common Swiss Chronograph watch movement in production today. It is a highly durable and proven movement.
  • ETA 2894-2 – This is known as a Modular Movement. These movements are becoming increasingly used today in chronographs. Plus, they are available in a variety of configurations.
  • Zenith El Primero – This is quite possibly the most famous chronograph movement of all time. It originated in around 1963, and with some slight improvements, it is still in production today.
  • Lemania 1350 – This chronograph movement is known for its durability and lack of variance; simply put, it is a tough movement.
  • Frederic Piguet 1185 – This movement is considered one the finest autochrono movements ever made. It is very thin and has three-column design which makes it popular amongst designers.

Orient Movements

The Orient brand has 50 years of experience in micro-precision technology. This experience allows them to produce large quantities of quality mechanical movements. These quality movements can be found in the variety of Chronograph watches that Orient offers.

One such watch is the Orient Blue Analog/Digital Chronograph Alarm Watch (CVZ00002J). This top of line sports watch with its analog/digital quartz movement has numerous chronograph functions:

  • Alarm
  • Count-up function
  • Full calendar
  • And more

The Orient Watch Company is known as one of the best mechanical watchmakers in the world today. When it comes to high-quality mechanical movements, Orient is second to no one.

Orient makes its own automatic movements in-house, but what truly separates Orient from other watch companies is the fact that Orient is always focusing on making its mechanical movements better and more reliable for its consumers. Plus their luxury watches are extremely affordable.

  1. 16 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Jason on Nov 5, 2009

    How about getting back to selling watches at a great discount instead of telling us how wonderful your watches are. Nobody really cares about your articles… we come here to get a deal on a watch. Period.

  3. By Jason on Nov 5, 2009

    and in case there is a question… a great discount is 40% – 60% off.

  4. By tim on Nov 5, 2009

    we’re not gonna get anywhere if you keep holding back like that, jason…

  5. By Amy & Hannah on Nov 5, 2009

    I personally love the articles … pay no mind to this whiny guy Jason!

  6. By Daniel on Nov 5, 2009

    The articles are Great. Love the site.

  7. By Reid on Nov 5, 2009

    It was nice to read about some of the movements I’ll never afford.

  8. By Deryl on Nov 5, 2009

    I like the articles.
    Your discounts are reasonable.
    A wise man once told me
    “if the compition can afford to give it away,
    I can afford to sit and watch”

  9. By Stephen Santoro on Nov 6, 2009

    Anyone know the model of that Zenith watch? That is real nice!

  10. By Ted on Nov 6, 2009

    I really like the CVZ series watches, especially the blue one. Hope to get it as my first Orient if it’s on DOTD sometime!

  11. By Frank In Miami on Nov 6, 2009

    You have 2 huge omissions in your article:

    Your very own Orient star Clubman automatic chronograph with a column driven movement….

    And the Citizen Eco-Drive Calibre 2100 Chronograph with an 11 jewel hybrid quartz solar movement, mechanically actuated 1/5 sec, 12 hour flyback chronograph complication, alarm, date, power reserve indicator, hand assembled caliber E210 movement.

    Oh and let’s not even get into the Seiko 7L22 and 9T82 Kinetic Chronograph movements…

  12. By JEFF COSTIGAN on Nov 6, 2009


  13. By Marc on Nov 7, 2009

    I like the hybrid digital/ Analog watch shown on the bottom. Which model is that?

  14. By Tony on Jan 4, 2010

    HEY! I just noticed something.. you’re recycling blog postings, that’s cheating! You can’t just slap today’s date and have comments from November!

    How mechanical is a quartz movement? I thought the mechanics are minimal compared to an automatic. What makes Orient special IMO is their automatics for their price point (All Japanese quality for near Chinese made prices). Once we start talking about Quartz watches.. I open up the playing field from Casio to Movado..

  15. By Ray from New Jersey on Jan 5, 2010

    I’ve just started to get into watch collecting. For some reason it just hit me on how beautiful watches are and Orient’s collection is right up there.

  16. By William Keighran on Jan 6, 2010

    Be a macho man wear a Orient Automatic Watch

  17. By Gavin on Jan 20, 2010

    Orient mechanical watches second to none? How about: second to Valjoux, ETA, Zenith etc. who actually make mechanical chronographs? Apparently Orient makes one (yes, one) but I’ve never really read about it anywhere. Perhaps in time…

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